IT Workers: Confident and Secure in Their Jobs in Q3

             IT Workers: Confident and Secure in Their Jobs in Q3

IT Employee Confidence Index reaches highest level to date

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Nov. 25, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Confidence among U.S. technology workers
continued to climb in the third quarter of 2013, with the Randstad IT Employee
Confidence Index increasing 6.8 points to 60.4—its highest level since the
inception of the survey in 2005. The quarterly study, conducted online by
Harris Interactive on behalf of technology talent and solutions provider
Randstad Technologies, indicates growing confidence levels among technology
workers across all survey indicators. Data was collected between July 9-11,
August 5-7 and September 9-11, 2013, and thus does not reflect the attitudes
of employees during the government shut down.

"It's a good time to be in the tech sector. Hiring needs have picked up as
clients are continuing to invest more in a contingent workforce, as well as in
permanent staff," said Bob Dickey, Group President, Technology and
Engineering. "At the same time, we are also seeing companies face challenges
in attracting and retaining talent. In fact, we are seeing a significant
number of candidates that possess the right skill sets receive numerous job
offers at a time.

Job confidence is also increasing among IT employees, with more than half
(52%) saying they are confident in their ability to find new jobs, rising five
percentage points from the previous quarter. However, fewer employees plan to
look for a new job in the next 12 months, falling from 43 percent to 37
percent in Q3.

"As the IT employment market becomes more and more competitive, we are also
seeing more workers turning to staffing firms in order to gain a wide range of
skills, diversify their experiences and to further their careers," Dickey

Q3, 2013 Survey Highlights:

IT Worker Confidence in the Economy Increases in Third Quarter

  oTechnology professionals' confidence in the overall economy increased by
    twelve percentage points this quarter, with 42 percent believing the
    economy is getting stronger. More than a quarter (27%) say the economy is
    getting weaker, a notable decrease from last quarter's 39 percent.

Increased Number of IT Workers Believe More Jobs are Available this Quarter

  oA third (33%) of IT workers say more jobs are available, compared to 22
    percent in the second quarter of 2013. Nearly four-in-10 (39%) IT
    employees believe that fewer jobs are now available, a decrease of four
    percentage points from the previous quarter.

More Than Half of Tech Workers Optimistic about Their Employability

  oRising five percentage points this quarter, more than half (52%) of IT
    workers reported feeling confident in their ability to find a new job,
    compared to 47 percent the previous quarter.

IT Workers' Confidence in Their Job Security Rises Significantly

  oA majority (77%) of IT workers report that it is not likely they will lose
    their job in the next 12 months, rising a significant 19 percentage points
    from the previous quarter.

Fewer IT Workers Likely to Job Hunt

  oLess than four-in-10 (37%) IT workers are likely to look for a new job in
    the next year, a decrease of six percentage points from the previous

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of Randstad Technologies from July 9-11, August 5-7 and
September 9-11, 2013 among 195 adults ages 18 and older who are employed in
IT. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no
estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey
methodology, including weighting variables, please contact

About Randstad Technologies
Randstad Technologies has been connecting top companies around the globe with
the expert technology talent andsolutions that drives their success since
1984. Our deep industry expertise and full-service
capabilities—Recruitment,Consulting, Projects and Outsourcing—enable
organizations to be agile, productive and ahead in the field with their
widenetwork of specialists and flexible solutions. For more information,

About Randstad US
Randstad US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad Holding nv, a $22.0
billion global provider of HR services. As the third largest staffing
organization in the U.S., Randstad holds top positions in permanent placement,
office and administrative, IT and accounting and finance. From professional
services, commercial staffing, recruitment process outsourcing, to managed
services and more, Randstad delivers a comprehensive range of temporary,
temporary-to-hire, permanent placement and outsourced placement services. With
its 5,660 employment experts, Randstad puts an average of nearly 100,000
people to work in the U.S. each week through its network of more than 900
branches and client-dedicated locations.

Learn more at and access Randstad's panoramic U.S. thought
leadership knowledge center through its Workforce360  site that offers
valuable insight into the latest economic indicators and HR trends shaping the
world of work.

SOURCE Randstad Technologies

Contact: Marie Difrancesco, (212) 798-9835,;
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